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Easy as Pie Holiday Event at the Gateway Gallery

November 11, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment

A different kind of Holiday Shopping experience awaits you at Round Hill’s Hill High complex. On Saturday, November 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., make your shopping experience “Easy as Pie” by crossing names off your list at the Gateway Gallery and Gift Shop. The Gallery offers unique items made by 22 local artists; from original oils to ceramics, pewter, textiles, glass, jewelry and more. This month’s Featured Artists will be on hand to talk about their work; Meredith Hilt is a metalworker who creates copper and silver jewelry; Amy Manson is a ceramic artists who brings a playful sensibility to her vessels; Judith Lillis is a well-known photographer of classic Loudoun scenes; and Jill Evans-Kavaldjian is a painter and relief printmaker with a bold and graphic style.

The artists of Gateway will also present pie-themed work, including gift cards, pie plates, and pie birds, and they will tempt you with delicious home-baked pies and other refreshments. Area residents are accustomed to journeying to Hill High each fall to order Thanksgiving pies; this year’s event provides a fun way to complete holiday tasks. As an added incentive, a lively local string band, the Polka Dots, will bring their spunky blend of old time, early jazz, and gypsy music to the affair. Learn more about their music at www.thepolkadots.org. This event is free to the public.

The Gateway Gallery is located at the Hill High complex, 20141 Harry Byrd Hwy. on Rt. 7 just west of Round Hill. For information and directions call 540-338-3001 or visit www.thegatewaygallery.com

Photo: The Polka Dots by Jill Evans-Kavaldjian

A Music School for the Ages

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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Now starting its 19th consecutive year, Community Music School of the Piedmont (CMSP) is headquartered in Upperville with satellite locations in Aldie, Middleburg, Purcellville, and The Plains. The school, an independent, non profit, 501 (c ) (3) organization, is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Students range from the very young through seniors and include everyone in between. The youngest is an energetic three year old; the oldest is a dapper septuagenarian.

The group program designed for the very young and their parents or caregivers is Music Together, serving newborns through four year olds. Classes have an artistically conceived flow of songs, movement, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, and finger plays. These activities help children develop rhythm and tonal skills. … Continue Reading

New Auto Wash Opens in Purcellville

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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Station Auto Wash has opened a new operation in Purcellville. This new facility is in addition to the facility the company has operated for a number of years in Leesburg.

The company has been recognized as one of the top 50 car washes in the country, and was named the “Best of Loudoun” every year since 2005.

According to Tom and Ryan Magazzine, owners of this family business, “Our concept in building this new location was to establish a ‘hub’ and ‘spoke’ for Station Auto Wash customers. In Leesburg, we have over 2.5 acres and 14,000 square feet in two buildings to handle both interior and exterior cleaning plus detailing efficiently. Our Western Loudoun County customers wanted a convenient location for more frequent exterior washes in between full service cleanings. That’s why, in Purcellville, our goal is to get customers in and out quickly and affordably.” … Continue Reading

Dominion Utility Crews Head to Northeast to Help Neighbors

November 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment

As part of the utility industry’s Mutual Assistance program, nearly 1,500 crews from Dominion Virginia Power are en route to help with the massive restoration effort underway in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy left over 9.6 million powerless. Immediately following complete restoration of the 322,000 Dominion customers who lost power in Virginia, crew members packed trucks and belongings to help in an effort that is currently more than 60,000-people strong.

The Mutual Assistance network is unique to the electric utility industry. Utilities in need of help in affected areas are matched with a variety of available workers and crews from utility companies across the country. Such crews include a variety of workers: line workers, agriculture workers, underground cable workers, and storm damage patrollers.

The largest deployment of mutual assistance resources in Dominion’s history, these 1,500 crews will work 16-hour shifts in unfamiliar territory until their neighbors in the Northeast have electricity 100-percent restored.

Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership have announced a joint initiative that will begin the JTHG Partnership’s Living Legacy Project. Oatlands will serve as the pilot site for this extensive commemorative tree planting program. Oatlands Board Chair Michael J. O’Connor also announced today that Leesburg, Va. landscaping firm Greenscapes by Design has been retained to source and plant the trees. As previously announced, Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture firm based in Alexandria, Va., has been commissioned to undertake the landscape design for the Living Legacy Project, including the pilot project at Oatlands. … Continue Reading

Locally Grown WildWood Landscape Moves to Restore Nursery Site

October 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment

WildWood Landscape, LLC ­one of the area’s most successful landscape companies, has moved their central Purcellville location west … to the corner of West Main Street and Bell Road. The spot is the former home of John Deere Landscapes and Overbrook Nursery. WildWood owner Jason Dengler, who built his award-winning company from the ground up in Purcellville – has dreamt about owning this site and making it beautiful inside and out.

“We are very excited about our plans for this 11-acre location. We loved Overbrook Nursery. It was a place to learn about plants, and they were friendly to homeowners and professional landscapers alike. They had well-educated staff to assist with everything from gardening and purchases to loading. A lot of what we know and appreciate about gardening and the gardening business we learned from Overbrook; we want to recreate that experience for our customers,” Dengler said. … Continue Reading

Thomas Balch Library Seeks Nominations for the 20th Annual Loudoun History Awards

September 15, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

The Thomas Balch Library Advisory Commission seeks nominations for the twentieth annual Loudoun History Awards. This annual event honors individuals who have made significant contributions to preserving Loudoun’s past through collection of county documents and memorabilia, preservation of historic landmarks, visual arts, writing and long-term involvement in local history organizations.

Letters of nomination should include a statement elaborating the nominees’ accomplishments. Newspaper articles, program announcements, publications, or other supporting information that provides evidence of the nominee’s accomplishments may be included. … Continue Reading

New Greek Life in an Old Theater

September 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News 1 comment

Tasos Vatikiotis, owner of Purcellville’s My Deli & Cafe Greek Bistro has wrapped up renovations to transform his family’s Loudoun County-based carryout and catering business into a small sit-down bistro.

My Deli & Cafe Greek Bistro is in a former theater that was transformed into a 12,000-square-foot two-story shopping center and office building. The restaurant has been around since 2007. Vatikiotis’ father, George, has been operating restaurants in the area since 1974. Now that George is retiring, Tasos has stepped up to take a more active role.

“It’s pretty cool what we’ve done here,” he said. “Now we have 24 seats including our outdoor tables, and are doing a lot of events with the schools and sports teams.”
With Greek and Mediterranean dishes on the menu, the restaurant aims to mimic the quick-style modern eateries of Greece, where the family also owned a restaurant, Vatikiotis said.

Governor McDonnell Announces 250 New Jobs in Loudoun County

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that iGATE, the first integrated technology and operations company providing Business Outcomes-based solutions, will invest $1.0156 million to establish a new facility in Loudoun County. The company will perform a wide range of technology consulting services for government agencies and businesses, and will offer design-build-operate-maintain services for Federal Government projects. The project will create 250 new jobs over the next two to three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McDonnell said, “iGATE’s new operation in Loudoun County will expand the company’s U.S. presence in the Washington D.C. metropolitan market. The Commonwealth was picked over other states considered due to our pro-business environment and proximity to an ample resource of skilled technical workers. We are thrilled to welcome another impressive technology company to Loudoun County and Virginia.” … Continue Reading

Mosby Heritage Area Association Receives $41,625 American Battlefield Protection Program Grant

August 26, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment
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The Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Northern Virginia Piedmont preservation and education organization, has received a grant of $41,625 from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to fund a community-based preservation plan for the Civil War Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville.

“We are proud to support projects like this that safeguard and preserve American battlefields,” said Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. “These places are symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage that we must protect so that this and future generations can understand the struggles that define us as a nation.” … Continue Reading

GSA Elects Rising High School Seniors as Board of Directors

August 24, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

By Mark Gunderman

Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick, Good Shepherd Alliance Vice Chair and Youth Director Bob Ohneiser, Student Board Members Will Avdellas (Tuscarora High School) and Taylor Nelson (Broad Run High School) at LCPS Administration Building in Ashburn. Photo courtesy/ Good Shepherd Alliance

The Good Shepherd Alliance (GSA) http://www.goodshepherdalliance.org is proud to announce its newest student board members for the 2012-2013 school year. Will Avdellas (Tuscarora High School) has accepted the role of Chair and will be supported by Taylor Nelson (Broad Run High School) as Vice Chair of the GSA Youth Advisory Group. Both Will and Taylor will serve as student board members of the GSA Board of Directors as well. Avdellas and Nelson provide the GSA with leadership, volunteerism in social services, and the ability to network with other student organizations, youth groups and community leaders. These students display a passion to plan and initiate programs to get high school youth involved in serving the needs of the indigent and homeless in Loudoun. … Continue Reading

Hans Rouillard Named Executive Chef at Lansdowne Resort

August 11, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Be the first to comment

Hans Rouillard, an accomplished food and beverage industry veteran with experiences spanning the resort and corporate level, has been named the new Executive Chef at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., resort representatives announced today. Rouillard joins Lansdowne Resort after nearly 30 years in the hospitality industry including extensive stints with Disney and Hyatt hotel brands. The resort is owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties and managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts. Rouillard assumed his new role on August 6.

“Chef (Rouillard) brings a valuable level of experience and expertise with him to the resort and to the membership at The Golf Club at Lansdowne,” said Lloyd Williams, General Manager at Lansdowne Resort. “His versatility and strong track record of creating world-class dining experiences will be critical to the success of our talented food and beverage department. Aside from our staff, the beneficiaries of his knowledge will be our valuable guests and meeting attendees who will witness his vision through our menus and unique culinary events.” … Continue Reading

Leadership Loudoun Youth Attended by 50 Local Teens

August 11, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Business, News Be the first to comment
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Friday, August 10 was a very positive conclusion to a very stimulating week for aspiring young leaders in Loudoun County The two classes of Leadership Loudoun Youth in July and August extended an opportunity to 50 teens from Loudoun County public, private and home schools to explore their leadership capabilities, learn about their communication styles, connect with local business and government leaders and to discover the economic and cultural diversity of their county.

A physical challenge on the high ropes course on day one established confidence some didn’t know they had. But on to the communication workshop and the teens were surprised to discover their communication strengths and weaknesses and learn to more effectively listen to and reach others. … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014


The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014


By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014


By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012


By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …


Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

From the Farm

When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate


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Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Easter at "The Park"


April 19, 2014

Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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VAL's Pals Kids Club


April 30, 2014

Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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May 4, 2014

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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View From the Ridge

Rural Loudoun Is Different, and We Say Dark Skies Do Matter

4 Mar 2014


In February of this year a sell out crowd gathered at the county public seat in Leesburg to provide feedback to the Loudoun County Planning Commission on the idea of adding additional sports lights to the upper athletic fields at Franklin Park. Franklin Park includes a really wonderful performing arts …



Steady and Nobull

4 Mar 2014

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Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

4 Mar 2014


In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as …



Sadie’s Race 5K and Fun Run Scheduled for Sunday May 18

9 Apr 2014


Sadie Smile Foundation is putting on the third annual Sadie’s Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run to Benefit Smile Train in Purcellville Sunday, May 18th this year. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. at the train station at 200 N 21st Street in Purcellville. Sign up at Active.com. When Sara Ablard lost her five year-old daughter, Sadie, two years ago, she …

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Dr. Joseph Rogers Dies at Family Farm

1 Apr 2014

Dr. Joseph Megeath Rogers, 90, died on Saturday March 8, 2014 at his Hillbrook Farm near Hamilton following a stroke. Physician, farmer, businessman, rural land conservationist, philanthropist and expert horseman, Dr. Rogers was a tireless advocate and practitioner of country living whose contributions in a broad range of interests were made quietly and with little fanfare. His public persona was …

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Zoldos Presented Citizen of the Year Award

1 Apr 2014


At the biweekly March meeting of the Lovettsville Town Council, Mayor Bobby Zoldos was presented the 2013 Citizen of the Year from the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans. Presenting the award was Rick Adams, current president along with Board Member Peter Mullally and  Vice President Jeff Boogaard. Adams said, “On behalf of the Lovettsville Waterford Ruritans, we would like to present the …

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Around Virginia

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election


Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014. He released the following statement announcing his decision: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern …

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Virginia Can and Should Work Harder to Combat Hunger


By Congressman Frank Wolf Last year, the USDA reported a record number of Americans are struggling to put food on their tables. Across the nation, 49 million people – including 17 million children and six million seniors – are going hungry, a number that has grown substantially over the last …

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Kaine Statement on Navy Yard Shooting


U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on today’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by today’s tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. As we learn more about the horrific events that unfolded this morning, my deepest sympathies go out …

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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

9 Apr 2014


Upper Loudoun Little League’s Hometown Heroes scholarship closes on April 21, 2014. The application is available online at ULLL.org. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who played baseball for ULLL at some point in their growing up years.

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Lady Vikings Give Back

10 Feb 2014

The Loudoun Valley Girls basketball team held an event on Friday, February 7 at LVHS. The Lady Vikings celebrated “Pink Night” by honoring those who are battling breast cancer or have been affected by breast cancer. The event was held in conjunction with an event held at Woodgrove earlier this …

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Medicaid Expansion Battle Heating Up

4 Mar 2014


Did you know that there’s a very real possibility that a DC-style budget battle and government shutdown could come to Virginia? The Medicaid expansion battle …

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Endorsing for Profit Businesses?

4 Mar 2014

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I recently received an automated email message from the Town of Purcellville soliciting nominations for volunteer award recipients in cooperation with the Purcellville Business Association …


Another Vote To Overrule Purcellville’s Board of Architectural Review

4 Mar 2014

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The Purcellville Town Council, foolishly, in the view of many and perhaps most, has overruled its Board of Architectural Review and approved Mark Nelis’s and …



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